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BLOG: Exciting Shop News! | Why not come along for the ride?

 By Tom Jones – Owner

Tom gives us an update on the Shop’s future plans and get’s the ball rolling with the first of our new blog series.

Welcome to the first of our new wine blogs!

Here we aim to give you little snippets of informations relating to the shop and our plans for the year, give an overview of interesting debates and questions that are fermenting away under the surface across wine industry and generally plenty of engaging content that appeals to the wine, beer and spirits geek that lives inside all of us at the shop! We are going to have great fun writing it and I hope you will get some enjoyment out of reading it.

A Quick Overview

I am delighted to say that The Whalley Wine Shop had another successful year with 2017 being our busiest year to date. Almost unbelievably we will be 8 years old in April of this year and we could not have achieved either of these things without the continued support from the village and all our fantastic customers, near and far. Without you and your support there would be no Whalley Wine Shop; the team and myself never forget this simple fact!

Time To Get Excited!

Looking ahead and 2018 is going to be an incredibly exciting year for us at the shop with lots of new developments and plans already in place.

Firstly our social media and online communications should get a lot more interesting! This blog is just a starting point; we will have articles, polls, exclusive deals and offers, exciting giveaways, competitions and more on both our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Make sure you follow us and stay tuned so that you never miss out!

We will also be starting a couple of specific mailing lists, tailored to your specific interests. For starters, we will be sending out emails about ‘Fine Wine’, primarily premium wine and collectable wines, as well as a newsletter for our ‘Beer Heads’ regarding new arrivals and hard to find, limited stock craft beers and ales. If you’re interested in either of these, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Will (will@thewhalleywineshop.com) so he can give you more information and get you signed up.

We are also revamping our website (hurrah!), it is long overdue and we can’t wait to have a shiny new one that will keep you all up to date with our offers, events and tastings, what’s in our ‘By The Glass machine’, and keep an eye out for a new feature down the line, allowing you to order and purchase certain products online. Watch this space!

New Stock!

In the short term we have just had our major buying season and it has been a fantastic success! We have already found 50+ new wines that will be landing in-store over the next couple of weeks. We’ve picked out a bunch of exciting wines that caught our eye (and taste buds) due to their fantastic quality and excellent value. Why not head in and check out the new arrivals on our shelves? Make sure you check out of social media channels as we will be posting updates on new stock, as and when they arrive!

Quaffable Cases

Finally we just want to let you know about our seasonal ‘Quaffable cases’. This is a mixed case of 12 wines that offer serious drinkability at a great price: the definition of ‘Quaffable’ wines! It consists of a fixed case of 6 whites and 6 reds for just £74.99 or only £6.25 a bottle. The Spring case will launch in-store on Wednesday 7th of March with Summer, Autumn and Winter cases being released later in the year. This is a great chance to find new wines so if you’d like to reserve one, please contact Jen (jen@thewhalleywineshop.com). We even deliver, too!

That’s it for now; make sure you keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming blogs over the next few weeks!

Thank you for reading and thanks again for supporting The Whalley Wine Shop! We are aiming to have a great year and give our customers ever better service and wines. Why not come along for the ride?

Have a great week!
Tom and the Team

Next Week: It’s Time To Talk About Sulphites!

For any information regarding the blog, please contact sam@thewhalleywineshop.com


Todays Newsletter to our Customers

Wines of USA Masterclass. – A cracking night to be had at the Conservatory at Mitton Hall on Weds 13th May. The time is 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Hosted by Rob MacCulloch, one of the very few to reach the absolute top of the wine industy and be declared a Master of Wine, this is a fantastic opportunity to hear Rob talk about his passion, the stunning wines from the USA. You will enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival followed by a tasting of 3 whites and 5 reds concluding with a cheese board to enjoy with your remaining wine. Tickets are £20 each. To book please call the shop on 01254 822581 or email jen@thewhalleywineshop.com

Toms Fundraising Total. – It’s nearly 3 weeks since Tom returned from The Sahara desert having completed the Marathon Des Sables – a series of 6 marathons in 6 days described as ‘the toughest footrace on Earth’. Not only did he complete it but he finished in 466th place out of 1358 competitors. A remarkable effort for someone who’d never run a marathon before. Tom initially set out to raise £3000 for charity. But due to the amazing kindness and generosity of our customers and of friends and family, he is currently at £5,760 with some sponsorship still to come in. The money is being shared between 3 charities as follows….Cancer Research UK £3000. Gurkha Welfare Trust £1400. PHAB in Whalley £1360. Well done Tom, we’re all proud of you.


If you would like to add a last minute donation and maybe get it above £6000 please go to his just giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/teams/tomjonesmds or text 70070 and put TMDS85 and the amount of your donation. Thank you.

Ribchester Music Festival. – Tom hails from Ribchester and continues to support many of the events that happen there. This year the Whalley Wine Shop is a sponsor of the 23rd (and final) Ribchester Music Festival, which features 16 concerts in 8 different venues at the end of June, and stars The Swing Commanders amongst others. Tickets for the event are on sale at The Whalley Wine Shop, or you can go online for information and tickets at www.ribchesterfestival.co.uk

New Quaffable Mixed Case – 12 bottles for £69.99 – We also have a new great value Quaffable case available featuring 1 Prosecco, 4 Whites, 2 Roses and 5 Reds including many shop favourites. An average price of £5.83 a bottle makes these great wines to have in for the Bank Holiday.

Il Caggio Prosecco

William Robertson Chenin Blanc – South Africa:

Taringi Sauvignon Blanc– New Zealand:

Fiordaliso Pinot Grigio – Italy

Beyond The River Chardonnay – Australia

Fiordaliso Pinot Grigio Blush – Italy :

Les Ligeriens Rose d’Anjou – France :

Altozano Tempranillo blend – Spain:

Mission Peak Shiraz Malbec – Argentina

Spier Signature Shiraz– South Africa

La Boheme Primitivo – Italy

Mas O Menos Bonarda Malbec– Argentina

Special Bottled Ale Case. – We are delighted to start stocking beers from the Thornbridge Brewery in Derbyshire. With over 350 national awards and the world class Jaipur IPA they are a brewery in really good form. As an introduction to the Thornbridge range we have a ‘starter case’ which contains 9 Beers for £24.99 and includes the limited edition 10th Anniversary Jaipur X which is no longer available to buy as a single bottle. A great way to explore their different beers. Here’s what’s in the case…..

Jaipur – India Pale Ale ABV 5.9%

Wild Swan – White Gold Pale Ale ABV 3.5%

AM:PM – All day IPA ABV 4.5%

Chiron – American Pale Ale ABV 5.0%

Wild Raven – Black IPA ABV 6.6%

L’Eroica Britannia – Pale Ale ABV 4.3%

Bamberg – Smoked Bock ABV 6%

Cocoa Wonderland – Chocolate Porter ABV 6.8%

Jaipur X – Imperial IPA ABV 10%

Wines Available By The Glass – Just changed the wines in our By The Glass dispenser. Featuring some of our top Australian Reds and a lovely spread of New World whites, we really love this selection and it has wines priced between £12 and £100 for you to try. This is what you can now sample in-store by the glass…

Mulderbosch 1000 Miles, Sauvignon Blanc, – South Africa, 2012, 13%
“One of a number of fabulous current releases from this Stellenbosch Winery, this barrel fermented Sauvignon shows deft handling of oak. Mineral and balanced, it has subtle vanilla spice and intense grapefruit, herbal and blackcurrant leaf flavours. Drink 2014-18. Score 94” Tim Atkin. £22.49 a bottle, sample £1.10

Leftfield, Albarino, – New Zealand, 2014, 13.5%
Gorgeous flavours of citrus, flowers, melon and peach! A new addition to our shelves this is sure to be one of our favourite wines this summer. With ripe apple and pear notes and a touch of spice and vanilla on the finish this wine has lovely texture too.12.99 a bottle. Sample 70p

Kooyong Faultline, Chardonnay – Australia, 2009, 13%
The fruit is restrained, and there is considerable texture on the palate. Not at all fat, but rich whilst remaining refined. With flavours of straw, almond, lemon rind and with slight nutty notes this shows the very classic Kooyong style. £37.99 a bottle. Sample £1.70

The FMC, Chenin Blanc – South Africa, 2012, 13.5% – Golden in coulour this wine oozes rich opulent aromas, including jasmine and white flowers with a little white pepper as well. The palate has lots of richness with flavours of honey, butter and apricots with a hint of botrytis that creeps into the finish. £24.99 a bottle. Sample £1.20

Ben Glaetzer ‘Amon Ra’, Shiraz – Australia, 2010, 15.1%
Deep purple-black in colour, the 2010 Amon-Ra is restrained on the nose showing pure black fruits, chocolate and liquorice. Full-bodied and densely packed, the voluptuous palate is framed by firm, fine tannins and a crisp acidity with a long, well-balanced finish. £66.99 a bottle. Sample £2.90

Jim Barry  'The Armagh' Shiraz.
Jim Barry ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz.

Jim Barry ‘The Armagh’, Shiraz – Australia, 2008, 14.9%

The philosophy of the estate is to locate vineyards capable of producing exceptional quality fruit and then to retain all of that quality in the winemaking process. It is also a policy to hold these wines in reserve until they are ready to drink, a laudable objective which requires significant investment. £99.99 a bottle. £4 a sample

Turkey Flat, Grenache – Australia, 2011, 14.5%
Cropped from 90-year-old estate bush-pruned vines, the wine displays aromas of dark cherry, plum and spice. The palate is full with cherry chocolate and plum flavours, overlain with warmth and peppery spices. £19.49 a bottle £1.00 sample

Jim Barry ‘The First Eleven’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Australia, 2006, 14.5%
The wine is a vibrant deep crimson colour, with characteristic Cabernet aromas of cassis, cigar box and cedar. The palate is rich and elegant, dominated by black olives, nutmeg and allspice. The tannins are finely grained, and the wine ends with a lingering liquorice, black cherry finish. £29.99 a bottle. £1.40 a sample.


Tom, Dan, Jen and Jack
The Whalley Wine Shop
63 King Street

01254 822581